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Jonathan: “We initially installed a Neve 88RS in Studio One a couple of years ago when we did a big refurbishment.
“Fortunately, we still live in the analogue world, which we feel is essential for what we do. But in order to expand recording facilities, and as we’re working on film scores, we need to be working in a surround capacity.
“This not only upgrades our old desk, but also, with the upgrades that Neve have made within the mic amps and the signal paths, alongside a ridiculously comprehensive monitoring facility, allows us to monitor lots of different stems at the same time.
“It’s great to get the Neve in here - it sounds bang-on and complements all the other gear. It’s bizarre hearing this desk in here now, having got used to it in Studio One; it does have a terrific effect.”
Peter: “Before there was SSL and Neve, EMI made all the equipment for the studio. We’ve retained a lot of the old gear and like anything vintage, if it was good in its day, chances are it’s not only going to sound great today but it’s going to have a lot of character.
“So we use the old desks as sidecars and pull them into the studio when we want to use them. I recorded a whole film score through one of those; they can really complement the newer gear.”